Love is in the air at ACET this week!
Today in Ireland we associate Valentine’s Day with customs of purchasing flowers, chocolates, jewellery and the exchange of greeting cards. However these customs have only come into existence in the second half of the 20th Century. February 14th was originally a day in recognition of a third century Roman martyr, Saint Valentine.
We have asked our students from around the world if Valentine’s Day is celebrated in their country and what traditions they have when celebrating it.
Out Catalan students tell us that in Catalonia the legend of Sant Jordi is celebrated on the 23rd of April each year. This celebration surpasses Valentine’s Day in Catalonia. A book or a single rose is often exchanged between couples and also friends.
Our Omani students say that Valentine’s Day exists in Oman but it is not as commercialised an event as it is in the Western countries.
Our students from France say that the French Valentine’s customs are similar to those in Ireland.
Our Swiss students have said that Valentines is also a big day on February 14th, but that a singles day on the 13th February is also on the rise!
Our Korean students say that while Valentine’s Day takes place on February 14th there is a different custom in Korea. Women give presents to the men primarily. There are also several other special dates in Korea. For example White Day on March 14th is the day when men give gifts to women. Black Day takes place on April 14th. This is day for single people to celebrate!
Our Brazilians say that in Brazil Valentine’s Day occurs on June 12th . Similar to here it is a commercial event which sees restaurants, florists and hotels offering Valentine’s weekend offers.
In Venezuela , people meet with friends and exchange small gifts quite similar to the Secret Santa custom at Christmas time. This way everybody gets a gift.
We hope that you enjoy Valentine’s weekend.
Lots of love from the ACET team !!